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Infamous Second Son: Powerful

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The lively Second Son clearly has ambitions to be more serious than the PlayStation 3 Infamous games.

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Friday Question: Which recent games should get HD next-gen re-releases?

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So far Tomb Raider is the only game from last generation to get an upgraded re-release on PS4 and XBox One, but more could follow.

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Your Turn: March winner

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A new month has begun, and another of our reader-submitted articles has won a PS Vita.

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Your Turn: The descent - a dark soul in Melbourne Central

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In another of his hilarious "gaming in real life" articles, today Screen Play reader Andrew Masters tells a harrowing tale of survival in an urban shopping centre.

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Aussies get Hearthstone iOS before the rest of the world

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Blizzard's free-to-play Warcraft-themed card card is available for iPad right now in Australia and New Zealand.

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This year's best video game related April Fool gags

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Screen Play did not get into the spirit of April Fool's Day this year, but a lot of news sites and game publishers did.

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Infamous Second Son: The next generation is starting to deliver

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Infamous: Second Son has some problems, but it has finally given us a peek at how the next generation of consoles might enhance our gaming.

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The necessity of failure: Gaming as a metaphor for learning and living

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Failure is not just inevitable, but essential. Today, DexX notes a parallel between how we play games and how we live.

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Dark Souls II: Prepare to die

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Prepare to die. Nothing is more certain in Dark Souls II.

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Friday Question: What are your most impressive failures?

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Share your stories of your most hilarious and embarrassing failures in video gaming, and win a prize!

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Caption This! #17

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Infamous Second Son is out, this year's first big exclusive for the PlayStation 4. Let's make jokes about it.

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Death and zen: Enjoying frustration and laughing at failure in Dark Souls II.

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Dark Souls II is not a game that reveals itself all at once, but a complex knot that must be teased out patiently.

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Building characters in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

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Diablo III expansion Reaper of Souls has arrived this week, and DexX had an opportunity to talk to its lead character artist.

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Luftrausers: Fly, shoot, die, repeat

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Luftrausers, from popular Dutch indie studio Vlambeer, offers intense, bite-sized gaming that keeps you saying "one more game!"

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Titanfall: Massive fun

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Titanfall couldn't possibly live up to expectations, but that doesn't mean it isn't brilliant fun.

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Three Aussie women nominated for international game award

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Every year at GDC, Microsoft gives their Women In Gaming awards. This year, three Australians have been nominated.

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Caption This! #16

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DexX has been playing, eating, drinking, and sleeping Dark Souls II for a week now, so that's what we're captioning today.

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Friday Question: How much do game classifications affect your purchases?

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Australia has now had an adults-only video game rating for over a year now. Has it affected your playing habits?

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Former THQ executive reveals fate of lost games

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While games like South Park and Saint's Row found new homes after THQ's closure, some weren't so lucky. Now an ex-THQ executive has spilled the beans.

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Drawbacks of online-only gaming shown by Titanfall failure

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Online gaming is big business, but as the ongoing issues Optus customers are having with Titanfall proves, online-only has some serious drawbacks.

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